Little hands will be kept busy with a host of fun and educational marine-themed activities in the Kids Zone. All activities are free and there’s no need to book, just come along on the day.

Build and play with LEGO

Children and adults alike will enjoy building and playing with LEGO at the Bricks 4 Kids workshops. Create motorised fishing boats, fishermen, pirates, sea creatures and other marine-inspired creations – the possibilities are endless! For younger children, there will be a free play area for kids to build and play with LEGO Bricks and Duplo. Using LEGO, Bricks 4 Kids teaches the principles of science, technology, engineering and maths, while stimulating children’s curiosity and creativity.

Workshops will run every half hour from 3pm to 6pm on Friday and 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, with the last session at 5.30pm each day. No booking required.

Get creative and crafty

Toodlelou Creativity Lab will encourage children and teens to work together to make a giant collaborative aquarium from recycled materials. Learn how we can all do more to reduce, reuse and recycle, and try some experiments to see how pollution is affecting our ocean. Kids can also make some beautiful sea-themed crafts to take home. Toodlelou Creativity Lab encourages those from two years of age to teenagers to explore and experiment with art and science.

Workshops will run every hour from 3pm to 6pm on Friday and 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, with the last session at 5pm each day. No booking required.

Explorers Education Programme

Take a look inside the Explorers Education Programme touch tank display the ‘Nobby Boat’ and discover some of Ireland’s marine life. See small sharks, starfish, crabs, sea anemones, flatfish and sea cucumbers.

Learn about the sources and impact of litter on our marine environment in the Marine Litter Area and take part in a number of games and interactive activities including Fishing for Litter and Ocean Jenga. A selection of marine animal sculptures made from marine litter will also be on display. The sculptures have been created for the #OneSmallChange project being run by Galway Atlantaquaria with funding from the European Green Leaf Programme of Galway City Council.

Find out more the Explorers Education Programme and meet staff from the Outreach Centres – Galway Atlantaquaria, Leave No Trace Ireland, Loophead Summer Hedge School, Lifetime Labs Cork, Sea Synergy, Oceanics Surf and Education Centre and Marine Dimensions.

Learn with the Marine Institute

Discover the animals and plants that can be found along Ireland’s rocky shores at the Marine Institute Rock Pool. Look through the microscope to see tiny marine organisms that are hidden under rocks, such as tubeworms and barnacles. Marine Institute staff will speak to children and adults about the importance of these marine ecosystems.

Kids can also mould mountains and create patterns in kinetic sand with the INFOMAR Augmented Reality Sandbox. Staff from the INFOMAR programme will be there to talk to kids and adults about mapping Ireland’s seabed.

Due to the hot weather expected over the festival weekend, the Kids Zone marquee will be air-conditioned.